Scion FR-S Tuner Challenge Winner

November 4, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 1, 2012) – With a unique color and a supercharger under the hood, custom-car builder Chris Basselgia of Lebanon, Pa., won Scion’s FR-S Tuner Challenge, announced yesterday at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas.

Antron Brown’s Toyota “DragQuoia” Wins Prestigious Gran Turismo™ Award at SEMA

November 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

LAS VEGAS (Nov. 2, 2012) – Antron Brown's outrageous Toyota Sequoia family dragster, known as “DragQuoia,” captured Sony Computer Entertainment America's Gran Turismo ™ Award for Best Truck or SUV at the 2012 SEMA Show.

Toyota Shows three tuner Avalons in Sin City

Toyota Shows three tuner Avalons in Sin City

November 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , SEMA Show , Sedan , Toyota , Luxury Who knew the Toyota Avalon could be so… sporty? SEMA isn’t just about tuning no-brainers like the Ford Mustang and Scion FR-S , it’s about showing what’s possible for a wide variety of cars, even seemingly geriatric machines like the big Avalon. But remember, Toyota is seriously considering a sportier version of its Avalon flagship – we first brought you this news earlier in the year. And while these SEMA concepts aren’t intended for production, nobody is ruling out that something very similar might make it to showrooms in the near future. The stealth Avalon you see above is the DUB Edition, rolling on 22-inch matte black wheels and featuring a completely de-chromed exterior with blacked-out elements. The DUB Avalon doesn’t offer any tweaks to the 3.5-liter V6, but behind that tinted glass is a totally black interior with suede accents on the seats and many of the touchable surfaces. Moving on, Toyota has brought a TRD Edition Avalon that uses plenty of parts from the company’s in-house tuning catalog, and showing that even hybrids can be sporty, the Avalon HV gets a meaner, sleeker look. Have a look at all three in the attached galleries. Toyota Shows three tuner Avalons in Sin City originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 01 Nov 2012 18:20:00 EST.

Tekked-Out Prius, Rowdy Camry round out Toyota’s SEMA offerings

Tekked-Out Prius, Rowdy Camry round out Toyota’s SEMA offerings

November 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , SEMA Show , Toyota From the same Dream Build Challenge that brought the DragQouia to the SEMA Show, NASCAR stars Clint Bowyer and Kyle Busch also got involved with the competition hoping to win $50,000 for their respective charities. Instead of building trucks like their NHRA counterparts, Bowyer had a Prius built for the contest while Busch stuck with a car he’s very familiar with, the Camry . Bowyer’s Tekked-Out Prius is probably about as cool-looking as a Prius can get with its lowered stance, custom body kit, side cameras replacing the door mirrors and black-and-blue paint job matching the car’s techie persona. Inside is where most of the mods took place with a totally redone interior including new fabrics throughout (including leather and Alcantara) and plenty of cabin tech such as the 17-inch touchscreen computer built into the passenger side of the instrument panel. Bowyer’s charity of choice is the Emporia Community Foundation which goes to benefit Bowyer’s hometown of Emporia, Kansas. Named after Busch’s apparent alter-ego (Rowdy Burns from Days of Thunder ), the Rowdy Camry shows how mean a midsize Toyota can look with styling upgrades like a wide body kit, rear diffuser with integrated exhaust outlets and a ram air hood. The blacked-out Camry also has a lowered suspension and rides on staggered-width 18-inch wheels, and it was was built for the Kurt Busch Foundation. Scroll down for more information about both of these cars. Continue reading Tekked-Out Prius, Rowdy Camry round out Toyota’s SEMA offerings Tekked-Out Prius, Rowdy Camry round out Toyota’s SEMA offerings originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 01 Nov 2012 19:29:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota owes us a 9-second car, presents us with DragQuoia instead

Toyota owes us a 9-second car, presents us with DragQuoia instead

October 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Aftermarket , Motorsports , SEMA Show , SUV , Toyota , Specialty , Racing For those who love to go as fast as possible in as straight a line as possible, but have a wife, two kids and family pet, Toyota has built the DragQuoia just for you. Well, except for the family pet part. With four seats (plus racing harnesses, naturally), a 650-horsepower TRD supercharged V8 engine and 21.5-inch racing slicks, this drag-racing Sequoia thing can reportedly cover the quarter mile in as little as nine seconds. It’s so absurd that it’s glorious. In addition to the racing harnesses, there’s a full roll cage and a parachute to bring things back down from speed. Safety first, family man. Read more about the DragQuoia in the press release below and enjoy our live photo gallery above. Continue reading Toyota owes us a 9-second car, presents us with DragQuoia instead Toyota owes us a 9-second car, presents us with DragQuoia instead originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 30 Oct 2012 17:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink

Scion FR-S Named Hottest Sport Compact at the 2012 SEMA Show

October 31, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

LAS VEGAS, (Oct. 30, 2012) – The Scion FR-S earned industry recognition today with the Hottest Sport Compact award on the first day of the 2012 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.

TRD-Tuned FJ Cruiser Concept has Baked-in Baja Capability

October 30, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 25, 2012 — Toyota’s FJ Cruiser enjoys a substantial audience of off-road aficionados with a constant craving for new variations on the popular 4×4. Toyota’s performance arm, TRD, is obliging them once again with a fresh take on a Baja-themed off-roader scheduled to debut on Oct. 30 at the 2012 SEMA Show.

Scion Reveals FR-S Tuner Challenge Cars in Advance of 2012 SEMA Show

October 28, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., (Oct. 26, 2012) – Scion revealed its three FR-S Tuner Challenge cars last night in advance of the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show that kicks off in Las Vegas on Oct. 30.

Toyota shows more SEMA stuff, including sportier Avalons that may preview production model

Toyota shows more SEMA stuff, including sportier Avalons that may preview production model

October 27, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Concept Cars , SEMA Show , Sedan , SUV , Truck , Toyota While most of its competitors have already showed off scores of concept cars headed to the 2012 SEMA Show , all we’ve seen from Toyota so far is the Sequoia Family Dragster . With less than a week to go until the show, Toyota has let its floodgates open showing off three concepts using the redesigned Avalon , a TRD version of the FJ Cruiser and a mean-looking, off-road Tundra . Showing off its much shapelier new design, the 2013 Avalon will have no fewer than three show cars on display including a sporty TRD model, a tricked-out DUB edition and even a flashy version of the Avalon Hybrid. The car should look right at home at the Vegas show – it has been stripped off all its chrome and given a sinister-looking black paint job including matte black 22-inch wheels. Between these wheels and the lowered suspension, the DUB Avalon has what appears to be mere millimeters of clearance for that perfect slammed show-car stance. The hybrid Avalon HV Edition (shown above) is meant to show that hybrid vehicles don’t have to look boring, while the TRD Edition ups the Avalon’s performance with a supercharger to go with upgraded brakes, suspension and styling. As you may remember, back in late August, Autoblog broke the news that Toyota is seriously considering a sporty Avalon . At the time, our company sources told us that the SEMA showcars could serve as an indicator of where Toyota may be heading with a production performance Avalon, so be sure to take a closer look. Speaking of TRD, Toyota has used the same recipe for its TRD TX Baja Series Limited Edition and applied it to the FJ Cruiser. The result is the FJ-S Cruiser which uses some of the same equipment as the Tacoma such as the Bilstein race shocks, cat-back exhaust and beadlock wheels.

New Toyota Avalons Built for SEMA Take Divergent Paths Toward Similar Goals

October 26, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

TORRANCE, Calif., Oct. 25, 2012 — Toyota’s recently introduced 2013 Avalon is set to enter the market this fall with a radically new design that moves the styling needle distinctly toward passion and excitement. To demonstrate the possibilities of the new premium mid-size sedan, the company created two new concepts that are scheduled to bow on Oct. 30 at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.

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